Thanks to those who asked questions, so that I don't feel totally lame. So, in no particular order, here's more than you probably wanted to know:
Do you edit/revise your blog entries?
That would require 1) planning, and 2) work. Two things which I avoid whenever possible. When I remember, I will run a spell check. If there aren't too many misspelled words, I might even correct them. Sometimes, I read through an entry before I hit the post button, and if something is way off, I'll fix it. Every once in a while, I'll mull over a topic for a couple of days before I get around to posting, but otherwise, this is all just stream of consciousness stuff.
Why is Middle Daughter the middle daughter if you only have two daughters?
Because I'm bad at math. Middle Daughter is Youngest Daughter, but also Middle Child. I think the very first time I posted about her here, I changed my mind halfway through typing "Middle Child" and ended up with Middle Daughter. Apparently, it was not one of those days where I read through an entry before posting it.
You have one daughter and one son? Husband has one daughter and one son and you share the son?
Ding Ding Ding! Husband and I each came to the table with a daughter in tow. The Boy was our bonus baby.
So, what's your job? The title and the description?
I'm not exactly sure what my job title is. I'm a business analyst. Under duress, I agreed to be a Lead Business Analyst. My company recently did a "job alignment" exercise, and I think my title got changed to Supervisor. But I'm still a business analyst. I work for an electric retailer (here in the Land of Deregulated Energy). My team shepards enhancements to the computer system we use to prospect, contract, and enroll our Commercial & Industrial and large business customers. Translation? I spend a lot of time in meetings, and when I'm not in meetings I'm doing exciting things like writing requirements and test scripts.
How did your blog lead to career advancement?
I don't think it did. But I did get a one-year contract for a writing gig on IVillage, partially because some people there liked my blog. So, I can claim to be a real writer, despite all evidence to the contrary.
Where'd you go to school? Major(s)/minor(s)?
I got my Bachelor's at Stephen F. Austin State University, supposedly one of the biggest party schools in the country, although I don't remember it that way. I went there because one of my best friends from high school needed a roomate. She transferred to A&M after the first semester. I majored in English and minored in Physics. I got my M.Ed. at University of Houston, with an emphasis in Curriculm and Instruction. I also hold a Teaching Certification for 6-12, English and Physical Science, but aside from my 14 week stint student teaching, I've never taught.
Can you ride horses?
I haven't in about a bazillion years. I never rode much, but I had a couple of friends with horses, and many years ago an ex boyfriend and I used to rent horses at the beach. I always had problems with my hip popping out of joint unless I set the stirrups really high, which looked silly.
Housework is so boring and kinda useless since we'll just be performing the same dumb tasks again tomorrow, so I wonder...why do I have to put away the laundry?
You have to put it away? Um, I'll have to get back to you on that one.
Have you always lived in Texas?
Except for a few months in England and a few months in Malaysia, yup, I'm Texas born and bred and firmly rooted.
Still Firefly, although I guess it doesn't count since it's been off the air for five years. I don't really have one at the moment, but I suspect that within a few months it will be The Dollhouse.
Are you artistic?
No, and it's toatally unfair. I really, really want to be artistic. I come from a very artistic family. I did have a boyfriend who majored in art who told me I was a brilliant conceptual artist, but I think that's just a nice way of saying I can make weird stuff no one understands.
If you had to choose ONE - for the rest of your LIFE!- Which would you choose, hamburgers or Mexican food?
What kind of sick question is this? Choose? Perish the thought! But, if I were forced, I'd say Mexican food. As long as it was Tex Mex, and from here.
Ice cream or chocolate?
Duh. Chocolate ice cream!
Favorite food? Or, do you not discriminate?
It changes hourly. Lately, I've been on a raspberry chipotle jelly kick. It's awesome with cream cheese on crackers.
These two were similar:
Liberal or conservative?
I've known you all these many years and yet I can't pin down your political affiliation. Sometimes, you sometimes sound like a lefty but I confess: I secretly think you're a closet Republican. Am I (sorta) right?
Ack! I am SO BUSTED!! Technically, I'm about as moderate as they come. When I take political quizes, I always come out dead center. But, I'm a registered Republican.
Hmmm. I'm a Christian who has serious issues with organized religion. I haven't had a church "home" in many many years, because I have yet to find a church that isn't more Of Man than it is Of God. I was raised in the Methodist church, which according to my mother is one step away from no religion at all, so maybe that's the reason.
Favorite book? Favorite author?
This is worse than the Choose One Food question! I'm way too fickle and have way too bad a memory to have just one favorite book. I will say that I've read The Phantom Tollbooth upteen times and love it every time. And I think To Kill a Mockingbird is about as close to perfect as a book will ever be.
I don't recall the mention of a family pet, so ... is there one?
Not at the moment. I've developed an allergy to cats, and although I'd love to have a dog, I don't feel like we're home enough to keep one company. Plus, we'd have to get the fence fixed before we could get a dog.
Hobbies? Guilty pleasures?
You're reading them now. Writing about myself! I could do it for hours! Wait...I DO do it for hours!
Why do you love the RenFair?
Lots of reasons. Because it's in the fall on the edge of the Big Thicket, and fall is my favorite time of year in the Big Thicket. I like the costumes, both wearing them and looking at other people's. I like the music. I enjoy the bad accents. I like the crafts and works of art. I like spending a whole day just wandering around being entertained.
And, finally: What one song you never want to hear again?
Telephone Man. If you've never heard it, count your blessings.